Another Bomb Plot Bombs

By Anthony | September 6th, 2007 | 10:15 pm

This week, German authorities broke up a terror network that was attempting to bomb U.S. interests in Germany:

German police were searching Thursday for 10 suspects believed to have belonged to a terror network that provided assistance to three men accused of plotting massive attacks against U.S. interests in the country, according to an interior ministry spokesman.

Prosecutors said the trio were members of an al Qaeda-linked Islamist group and planned “imminent” car bombings using explosives more powerful than those used in the deadly atrocities in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005.

This of course, is excellent news – a very real, very tangible victory against terrorists. Once again, it seems the clear, undisputable victories against terror networks are occurring as a result of law enforcement action – not as a result of military action. The London bomb plot that was broken up in August of 2006 was a similar victory. What I said then still applies now:

1. The notion of “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here� doesn’t seem to be working out too well.

2. This is a significant, tangible victory against terrorists, and it comes as a result not of military action, but of the work of law enforcement agencies. There are circumstances where the military will be needed to fight against terrorists (the action in Afghanistan after 9/11, for instance), but in my opinion the most notable, undisputable victories – such as this one – are more likely to come from law enforcement activities.

[These] terrorists are now out of action. There was no collateral damage. This is a solid gain – there’s virtually no chance that these arrests have caused any resentment among third parties who might want to now turn to terrorism themselves as a result. We haven’t made any new enemies by reducing someone’s home to rubble. Military action has its place, to be sure, but we may need to rethink the nature of its role in the fight against terrorists.

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